As promised, here is the Q and A that followed Doug Lisle’s Pleasure Trap presentation (click HERE for my recap of his presentation). Doug has some great suggestions and insights.
The questions below are written exactly as they were asked.
QUESTION – When everyone around you is eating crap, how do you stay on track?
When you go to drug rehab, everyone supports you and it is acceptable to make the decision to stay away from old friends and bad influences. The same does not hold true when you are trying to kick your food addictions. While food addiction is not as potent as drug addiction, it can actually be a harder habit to kick because there is generally very little support and it is not acceptable in our society to distance yourself from people merely because they are bad food influences in your life.
I suggest you tell people you are conducting an experiment. Tell them that you read a book that makes sense to you, so you are going to give this way of eating a try. Be humble and tell people that it is probably just a wacky idea and may be wrong (that takes people off their guard), but you want to try it.
QUESTION – If you have eaten a lot of crap in your life, are you more susceptible to being sucked back into eating the crap?
We will never know because we have ALL been exposed.
QUESTION – Since we naturally want to conserve energy, how do we add exercise into the equation?
Some people like to exercise hard (though not most people) and some people like to do social exercise. For most people, in order to stick with exercise, there has to be an additional benefit from the exercise (i.e social interaction).
QUESTION – How do you get children eating healthier and more plant-based?
I only really care about dairy. They have plenty of years to see the light later, because they generally won’t end-up with cancer or heart disease until their 20s.
Dairy is a HUGE proponent of auto-immune disease and can make children very sick (He mentioned that some children have a 1 in 16 chance of getting diabetes…THIS is what I found when trying to research that statistic).
They can choose their later life, but we choose this for them and it’s not fair for us to choose the possibility of auto-immune diseases for them.